Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022 Brattleboro Literary Festival 2022

Saturday, October 15, 2022

- EDT
Short Intimacies—David Means & Cara Blue Adams
David Means
David Means
Two Nurses Smoking
Cara Blue Adams
Cara Blue Adams
You Never Get It Back

Cara Blue Adams is the author of You Never Get It Back, winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Prize in the Iowa Short Fiction Award Series. The linked stories in this observant collection offer elegantly constructed glimpses of the life of Kate, moving between her childhood in the countryside of Vermont to her adult years in the Northeast, Southwest and South. 

In David Means’s virtuosic new collection, Two Nurses Smoking, time unfolds in unexpected ways: a single, quiet moment swells with the echoes of a widower’s complicated marriage; a dachshund, given a new name and a new life by a new owner, catches the scent of the troubled man who previously abandoned her; young lovers become old; estranged couples return to their vows; and those who have died live on in perpetuity in the memories of those whom they touched.